Foreign tourists lost in Khao Yai jungle

Foreign tourists lost in Khao Yai jungle

Members of a search team from Ta Phraya National Park join the search for the Polish tourists lost in Khao Yai forest on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Sawat Ketngam)
Members of a search team from Ta Phraya National Park join the search for the Polish tourists lost in Khao Yai forest on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Sawat Ketngam)

PRACHIN BURI -- A search has been launched for some foreign tourists, believed to be Polish, who telephoned the office of the Khao Yai National Park on Monday night and said they were lost in the forest.

Thanarote Pothisaro, director of the office of 1st Conservation Area, said about 100 staff from Khao Yai, Thap Lan, Ta Phraya and Pang Sida national parks were involved in the search, which began at 8am on Tuesday.

They were divided into nine search teams and each allocated a different area of Khao Yai National Park, which straddles Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Saraburi provinces.

A helicopter was also being used in the search.

Mobile telephone service provider AIS had been asked to help pinpoint the location where the call for help was made from a mobile telephone, Mr Thanarote said.

Kanchit Srinoppawan, chief of Khao Yai National Park, received a telephone call from a foreign tourist  about 10pm on Monday. He said they were completely lost, somewhere in the jungle of the national park.

Mr Kanchit said he received another call at 11.14pm. From what he could gather there were two tourists, a man and a woman, from Poland. But the signal was weak and it was not clear how many tourists were in the group, or if there were only two of them.

The Khao Yai National Park chief said he would ask the Polish embassy for information about them.



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